Bone grafting is often a standard part of implant procedures. Although it’s not necessary for all dental implants, many patients require a bone graft to provide adequate support for the implant. Areas of the jaw that have been missing teeth for an extended period will most likely undergo atrophy, much like muscle tissue that, when an arm is put in a cast, undergoes the same process. However, unlike muscle, bone cannot be restored to its original form by any type of physical therapy. The most often used and evidence-based procedure for bone regeneration is termed “Guided Bone Regeneration.” This procedure was first introduced in the mid-1980s, and Dr. Nicosia was one of the first periodontists to be trained to utilize this technique. Many revisions and additions have been made since then to enhance predictability, but the original concept remains. Probably the most significant advancement has been the addition of animal and human growth factors to the graft material that greatly enhances the predictability.
As an example of our commitment to using only the most advanced technology during all treatments performed at Patrick V. Nicosia, DDS, MS, Inc., our Houston periodontist may use PIEZOSURGERY® when extra care is needed to ensure comfortable and precise surgical outcomes in the most minimally invasive manner. PIEZOSURGERY utilizes ultrasonic vibrations to gently cut through a patient’s bone without damaging other tissues or causing undue stress to the bone.
If you’ve been told that you require bone grafting as a part of your dental implant procedure, you shouldn’t feel alone. Bone grafting as an adjunct procedure or as a pre-requisite procedure is very common, especially if you’ve had your missing tooth for some time.
Without the stimulation of your bone that the roots from the missing tooth once provided, your jawbone lost the needed prompting to encourage healthy growth. Without this stimulation, your jawbone most likely started to deteriorate and continued to become compromised over time. This same deterioration can occur in patients with untreated gum disease or patients who’ve experienced trauma to their mouth.
The good news for patients needing bone grafting in Houston is that as a periodontist, Dr. Nicosia is a specialist in restoring hard tissues, commonly known as bones, in the mouth. Additionally, Dr. Nicosia offers a full suite of periodontal services in addition to dental implants and bone grafts so patients of all ages can enjoy the health and functionality of their teeth. Plus, they can enjoy these advanced services from the comfort and convenience of one office and one doctor managing the procedure from onset to completion. We’re currently accepting new patients, and we look forward to meeting you soon to answer any questions you have about bone grafting near you.